Local elementary school teacher shot and killed in Buffalo, McCaffrey leaving Siena for Iowa, state budget will almost certainly be late, a seven-year-old philanthropist

An Albany elementary school teacher was shot and killed in a Buffalo suburb this past weekend. Police there say the man appears to have gone into the wrong house and was shot by the homeowner -- though they some of the details are unclear. The Albany school district says the man was "a loved and respected teacher with a strong commitment to his students and their families." [TU] [CBS6] [Buffalo News] [Fox23]

Schenectady police say two men were shot and killed in Hamilton Hill Friday night (map). The SPD says there was a crowd on the scene and it appears there had been some sort of argument -- though it's not sure whether the victims were at odds or on the same side. [Daily Gazette $] [WNYT] [TU]

Siena men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery is leaving to become the head coach at Iowa. McCaffery's teams were 112-51 at Siena and went to the NCAA tournament three times. [Iowa press release] [TU]

Local state legislators says GlobalFoundries request for another $300 million in state subsidies for the Luther Forest chip fab will have a tough time. GloFo says it wants expand capacity at the not-yet-open facility to include the world's largest clean room. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Steven Raucci Trial Closing arguments are expected today. On Friday, a CSEA union leader took the stand as a defense witness. The testimony continued didn't seem to help the union get out from under the negative light cast by the case. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [TU]

A daughter-in-law of Virginia Bellerose Gratto Utigard, the sole survivor of a Cohoes fire that killed eight people 32 years ago, says Gratto Utigard went to Washington State a few weeks post-fire after receiving a sympathy card from a man there. She ended up marrying the man's brother a week later. Gratto Utigard's brother said last week that his sister was "absolutely not" capable of setting of fire. [TU] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

Surprise -- the state budget will almost certainly be late. Among the road blocks: different political priorities for Democrats in the Senate and Assembly. [AP/Post-Star] [NYT]

The Town of Halfmoon has switched to Troy water after PCB levels in the Hudson spiked. The EPA says it's not sure what caused the spike. Halfmoon's supervisor says the EPA didn't notify the town quickly enough of the spike. [Fox23] [Daily Gazette $] [Saratogian] [Town of Halfmoon]

The SUNY Board of Trustees will re-vote on the New Covenant charter school closure today because a quorum wasn't present for the original vote. [YNN] [TU]

Police say they found more than 50 pot plants, cash, and explosives at a man's home in Rensselaer County. They say they were called to the house after the man allegedly threatened two women. [Fox23] [TU]

The breast cancer bracelet flap at Saratoga's Maple Ave Middle School has now resulted in a suspension. [Daily Gazette $]

UAlbany is adding an undergraduate program in nanoscale engineering. [TU]

A local dancing instructor -- who's originally from Haiti -- will be on Dancing with the Stars this week to raise awareness about earthquake recovery in Haiti. [Saratogian]

A chicken company donated 15 tons of chicken to the Regional Food Bank. [Troy Record]

An escaped dog who had been running loose for 2.5 years in Latham has finally been captured. [TU]

A seven-year-old in Saratoga asked his friends to bring donations instead of presents to his birthday party so they could be given to charity. [Saratogian]

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